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Aswad
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Aswad
Thomas

" I DECIDED that I wasn't going to be a product of my environment. 

“I DECIDED that I will excel in the classroom and on the basketball court"

" I DECIDED that I was going to be the first male in my family to graduate from college" 

" I DECIDED that I was going to fight and live" 

“I DECIDED that I was NOT going to let an act of violence keep me down"

"I DECIDED that I was going to use my voice to share my story with the world"

"I DECIDED that I was going to dedicate my life to help build my community"

"I DECIDED that I was going to make a difference in the world in any way that I could."

"I DECIDED that I was going to channel my PAIN to POWER"

 
 
As an African-American male who has endured poverty, success on the basketball court, life-threatening violence at the barrel of a gun and witnessing numerous family members imprisoned, I have channeled my personal pain and strength into helping young men overcome trials and tribulations throughout the country......

 

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"When I see the scars on my body from that night in 2009, I often think I should not be here. But when I look at the faces of survivors struggling to recover and think about our growing movement for new priorities, I am reminded of what I am here to do” - Aswad
 
 

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